Caetano DOREA, PhD in Environmental Engineering (Brazil)

Caetano Dorea

Caetano holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Surrey, UK. His academic approach focuses on water, sanitation and health, as well as on the characterization of functional microbial ecology of biological treatment processes, and the development and evaluation of treatment technologies.

Current position: Associate Professor at Laval University, Canada

Research focus: Water, sanitation, health and development, evaluation of treatment 

Before he relocated to Canada in 2011, he was a lecturer in Water & Environmental Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Glasgow, UK.

In 2009 Caetano was awarded a Green Talent. The jury praised his remarkable dedication to numerous projects in developing countries surrounding the topic of drinking water supply and humanitarian emergency water supply. After the award, he established the Water, Sanitation & Health (WASH) research group at his current university in Quebec and was promoted to associate professor in 2016. Caetano is also a member of the International Water Association and was awarded IWA Project Innovation Award-Development in 2013.

2013 Project Innovation Award-Development by the International Water Association
2009 Mondialogo Engineering Award from Daimler UNESCO


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2009):

University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Research focus: Water and environmental engineering

Caetano Dorea is currently an Assistant Professor in Water and Environmental Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. The Brazilian researcher is also the Course Director for a new Master of Science program in Global Water Sustainability there. His research interests are in chemical and (micro)biological water and wastewater treatment processes with particular focus in developing world applications. More recently, his research has expanded to include sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) and novel applications for microbial fuel cells (MFCs) such as biosensors. MFCs are a potential source of environmentally-friendly energy because they can convert the chemical energy in wastewater (among other substrates) into electric energy through a natural reaction by bacteria.

The combination of wastewater treatment and energy generation is obviously beneficial, but advances are still needed to boost the low and variable power outputs of MFCs. Caetano Dorea’s remarkable dedication to numerous projects in developing countries surrounding the topic of drinking water supply and humanitarian emergency water supply were what convinced the jury. The researcher is interested in expanding strategic partnerships with German scientists. At the Green Talents Forum, he wants to deepen the research dialogue in his field with German partners.